Intelligent Solar Controller

Intelligent Solar Controller

Eligibility: UK/EU/International students with the required entry requirements

Award Details: No award (self-funding)

Duration: Full Time - between 3 years and 3 years 6 months fixed term

Application deadline: Ongoing

Interview dates: TBC

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Dr. Hafiz Ahmed to discuss this opportunity.


Coventry University has been voted ‘Modern University of the Year’ three times running by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide. Ranked in the UK’s top 15 (Guardian University Guide), we have a global reputation for high quality teaching and research with impact. Almost two-thirds (61%) of our research was judged ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. By joining the University’s Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing (EEC), you will benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and partnerships with some of the biggest names in industry, including Jaguar Land Rover, GE Aviation, Cummins and Intel.


Grid integration of renewable energy sources are one of the main driving forces of current growth in the electric power industry, particularly in the UK.  Renewable energy has also brought new challenges in this sector. One such challenge is the intermittent nature of renewable energy. The maximum available power output of renewable energy sources like Solar, Wind, Tide etc. are weather dependent. To efficiently operate these systems, engineers prefer them to operate in the maximum power point mode which is known as maximum power point tracking (MPPT). Tremendous growth have been observed in this area in the last decade.  Lots of results are available in this area. However, most of the results focus on normal weather condition. However due to global warming and lot of other factors, frequently harsh weather situation can be observed. As a result, new research works are needed to tackle the problem of MPPT in harsh weather conditions. 

Few results are available for MPPT in harsh conditions. Most of them lack proper theoretical foundation and often relies on approaches based on heuristics. As a result, there are no guarantees that those techniques will work in practice. So, the main focus of this PhD work will be to propose novel techniques for MPPT in harsh conditions that are theoretically elegant while at the same time practically useful.


  • Self-funded


  • Our research strategy is underpinned by a £250m investment in research and facilities
  • Dedicated Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability Development deliver high quality professional support for researchers, from PhD to Professor
  • Free training: research career planning, managing your doctorate, research communication skills, research ethics, research impact, research integrity, research methods and research supervision
  • Coventry is a member of the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA), the largest multi-partner and only nationwide doctoral training initiative of its kind.


Successful applicants will have:

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the Project element or equivalent with  a minimum 60% overall module average. 
  • In the event of a first degree classification of less than 2:1, a Masters Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The Masters must have been attained with overall marks at minimum merit level (60%). In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a mark at minimum merit level (60%).


  • knowledge and/or experience in the subject
  • a good knowledge of control engineering and power electronics
  • experience of (or a willingness to quickly learn) about scientific writing.



All UK/EU/International students are eligible to apply that meet the academic requirements, the eligibility criteria can be found making an application page.

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